Toxic Tour shows best and worst of Detroit

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Welcome to the toxic tour - a bus trip to some of the best, and the worst, Detroit has to offer.

The tour is popular among youth groups who may someday be able to do something about Detroit’s toxic troubles.

However, the tour we went along with is filled with people who can do something about it now: the powerful National Wildlife Federation.

Members started their day at one of Detroit’s prettiest spots - Belle Isle.

But they were quickly transported to the worst - the infamous Detroit incinerator.

Tour guide Charles Stokes pointed out the incinerator burns 800,000 tons of trash a year, pumping dangerous ashes and gasses into Detroit’s atmosphere.

National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O’Mara says it doesn’t have to be this way.

The toxic tour bus continued on to sites across Detroit - including the Marathon oil refinery, which Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice calls dirty and inefficient.

While they’re educating the tour goers - they’re also forging an important environmental alliance.

Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice is celebrating its 20th year. They depend on donations from foundations and businesses, but mostly on individual contributions.

Go to their website at for information on how you can support them.

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